Bait review fishing-town drama reels you into its weird world

Cornish tourism is the hook for Mark Jenkins hypnotic tale of a villager angling for payback against the owners of his old home Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin has created an arrestingly strange adventure in zero-budget analogue cinema. Its black-and-white, shot with a Bolex cine-camera on 16mm film and developed in such a way as to create ghostly glitches and scratches on the print. A bizarre expressionist melodrama, it has the huge closeups and crashingly emphatic narrative grammar of early cinema and, like home movies, it has non-diegetic sound, with dialogue overdubs and ambient noise that could well be taken from a sound-effects LP. But its very effective, and the monochrome cinematography desentimentalises the Cornish landscape, turning it into an anti-postcard. …